When it comes to the holidays, everything gets more hectic – including holiday dinners. The best way to make sure that you have and prepare everything you want at those specials meals is to get organized.
The first step in organizing for holiday dinners is to create a meal plan for what you want to serve. If you are like most families, you probably eat a lot of the same foods for your holiday dinners each year. If so, make notes of these dishes, and include everything on the list.
Once you have made a meal plan, you need to decide whether you are responsible for cooking everything, or id there are others who bring special dishes of their own. You should also list whether certain people will be responsible for bringing certain items such as, chips, pies, drinks, and the like.
After making these notes, you will be able to see what items you are preparing. Create a shopping list of all required items, making sure to actually check which items you may or may not have in your cabinet. Keep this list in an easy to see spot to make sure you remember it when you go shopping.
Get all of the dishes and cooking items together so that you know where all of them are. This will ensure that you don’t have to scramble at the last moment. You should also take the time to make sure they are clean and ready on the big day.
You should also take the time do any cutting, chopping, and other preparations early. There are some foods that you can’t prepare early, but there are several that you can. This will make cooking your holiday dinner easier and faster, which will definitely make for a better holiday dinner for you and your holiday guests.
Guest Blogger: Darla DeMorrow, Certified Professional Organizer ®.
Roll with it. Rolling along. Rolling out of bed. We just love things that roll, in part because they just make things easier. When it comes to organizing, things that roll can make your life easier, too. If you are considering adding more organizing or storage to your space, make sure to look for these rolling wonders.
1. Rolling craft carts make getting your favorite projects going even easier. Move them from room to room or swivel them between two people. Nothing beats their flexibility. http://www.shopgetorganized.com/item/rolling_carts/W83624
2. Rolling hampers make a dirty job into a lighter load, and possibly a bit more fun. These are a must for single-story houses. They add style to a dedicated laundry room. And they make it easier to clean in the corners where hampers usually sit. http://www.shopgetorganized.com/item/rolling_chrome_laundry_hamper/27989
3. Rolling kitchen islands are a dream for a kitchen with more than one cook, or for families who entertain. Arrange your space for best use at different times of the day, and position your work surface where you need it. Purchase a rolling kitchen island or put casters on one yourself. http://www.shopgetorganized.com/item/folding_kitchen_cart/D39098
4. A rolling desk lets you take advantage of the best workspace in your home, no matter where that might be. Follow the sun, or retreat to a quiet corner when you need to buckle down and get work done. With today’s mobile technology and wireless networks, we’ve never been able to work as freely as this.
5. A rolling utility cart is the workhorse of rollies. Why give up part of your storage space to empty air? Use a 3-tiered cart to hold baskets and bins in closets, pantries, and basements. Drape it and use it as a stand-in for a bar cart during the holidays. Display plants and move them to happy, sunny spotsw easily. This type of cart is useful in so many ways!
So many things can be made more functional either by adding casters or by purchasing the mobile version to begin with.
What’s the favorite rolling item that you own?
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